Cronulla Sharks being investigated over possible salary cap breaches



  • THE Cronulla Sharks’ premiership campaign has been rocked by revelations the NRL’s integrity unit is investigating the club for potential salary cap breaches on the eve of the finals series.

    Integrity unit forensic investigators arrived at Sharks Leagues club three months ago after the club’s new chief executive Barry Russell conducted an internal review and found suspicious payments dating back to 2015. He reported it to the NRL.

    The Daily Telegraph understands the amount involved is around the $250,000 mark but could go higher once thousands of documents have been examined.


    Although one Sharks official admitted: “Now they’ve taken our server, we don’t know what they’ll find.”
    https://coupler.foxsports.com.au/api/v1/article/amp/nrl/nrl-premiership/teams/sharks/cronulla-sharks-being-investigated-over-possible-salary-cap-breaches/news-story/be69ae8a8c5a1459a4237fe5aa9f363b?__twitter_impression=true



  • Already discussed



  • Well NRL you have about 13 days to find us a sizable minefield please ……



  • Nrl continues to be a joke. Bring back gallop



  • Well all we need know is for them to waste more of their salary cap so they get dropped out of the top 8 lol



  • Cant find the other thread……I see theyre claiming Heighno is the player in question



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    Cant find the other thread……I see theyre claiming Heighno is the player in question

    He’d have been on bugger all compared to some others I would have thought.


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    The Sharks are believed to be circling Shane Flanagan, who remains off-contract beyond 2019
    SHARKS
    James Hooper
    November 27, 2018 11:06am
    JAMES HOOPER@jimmyhooper
    Source: FOX SPORTS

    There is increasing speculation about the future of premiership-winning Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan as the NRL’s salary cap investigation continues.

    Could Flanagan be on borrowed time in the Shire? Surely not after becoming the first coach to finally smash Cronulla’s 50-year premiership drought two years ago.

    Think again.

    When all of the salary cap investigation is shaken out there is a very real chance the Sharks may have no alternative than to go in a different coaching direction.

    As brutal as it sounds there is a view, given all the detail the NRL has uncovered in relation to payments being made outside of the salary cap, there may be no other choice.

    Why else have Cronulla held off giving Flanagan a new deal?

    He’s a premiership-winning coach who has been one of the cornerstones of the Cronulla Sharks for the past decade?


    Surely he should be re-signed to a long-term deal by now.

    Could it be as simple as Flanagan is going to have a lot of explaining to do when he gets interviewed by the NRL?

    There is talk the Sharks have been discreetly exploring alternative coaching options for the past couple of months.

    And we’re not talking about for 2020 when Flanagan’s contract finishes, we’re talking about for next season.

    Current assistant coach John Morris has also been discussed as being given a shot in a caretaker role for 12 months.

    The one saving grace for the Sharks is the fact CEO Barry Russell initially self-reported what was a relatively minor indiscretion around an undeclared third-party agreement.

    Since then it’s believed the NRL has uncovered a wealth of information which looks likely to make the Sharks the fifth club since 2002 to be heavily sanctioned for breaking salary cap rules.

    By self-reporting Russell will ultimately minimise whatever sanctions are imposed.

    The 2016 premiership is not believed to be under threat. But a fine of anywhere up to $1 million would seriously hurt Cronulla.

    They’re already in financial dire straits.

    In the season just finished, the Sharks only spent 95 per cent of their salary cap due to cash flow problems.

    It’s interesting to note Sharks board member Craig Airey recently resigned as a director at the club.

    Significantly, Airey had loaned the club $1 million while he was on the board of directors.

    Go back to August when Todd Greenberg confirmed the Sharks were under investigation.

    The NRL boss made reference to salary cap fines not keeping pace with how frequently clubs were breaking the rules.

    The drums are now beating. Things could be about to get ugly in the Shire.

    https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/teams/sharks/the-sharks-are-believed-to-be-circling-shane-flanagan-who-remains-offcontract-beyond-2019/news-story/9dcd68bc99031680688831496a467af8?fbclid=IwAR3WyCLSKh0q_LKMdmxdsAnINrj95yeo6DfHilI63dtD3Rnjkcz5rOqPsak


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    but but Gal…Holmes left…

    KICK EM OUT…along with Manly…



  • Haha that would be hilarious.

    Lose their coach, hopefully get fined and stripped of premiership.

    Absolute germ of a club.

    In all seriousness though, Flanagan probably hasn’t resigned because he is probably fielding enquiries from other clubs. Parra, Dragons, Canterbury, Canberra would all probably be interested I’d wager.



  • Any other club and Gal would be shouting out loud
    “Strip them of their title”
    You cheat you loose
    What about a life ban Gal

    The Sharks cheating is far worse than a player wishing to try his luck in NFL
    The sharks dumped on every other team and supporter by cheating the cap
    V Holmes hs just let the sharks down and it wasnt against the rules or didnt effect the outcome of a premiership

    So what do you say about that big Gal
    Where is your mouth at now



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    Haha that would be hilarious.

    Lose their coach, hopefully get fined and stripped of premiership.

    Absolute germ of a club.

    In all seriousness though, Flanagan probably hasn’t resigned because he is probably fielding enquiries from other clubs. Parra, Dragons, Canterbury, Canberra would all probably be interested I’d wager.

    Yeah it would be unusual for a coach to be sanctioned over salary cap cheating, that’s usually others in the club that go down over that. Still if he does get dragged into it the NRL really should ban him for 3+ years given it would’ve come so soon after his having served a 12 month ban for another form of systemic cheating…they need to get serious about discouraging cheating.



  • He will not starve, there will be plenty of interest,especially if it’s a package deal with his son.

    Anyway the Sharks dodged a bullet with the drug scandal, so I hope the NRL come down real hard this time



  • Anyone happen to think Val Holmes walked out because one of those big third parties fell through with all the heat on the club.

    Hopefully the Sharks get done properly, Couldnt happen to a nicer club.



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    Anyone happen to think Val Holmes walked out because one of those big third parties fell through with all the heat on the club.

    Hopefully the Sharks get done properly, Couldnt happen to a nicer club.

    Almost agree. Easts would be a nicer club😜


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